JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE R. Yates –
3 cr. (3-0)
Adolescent Psychology examines interrelated biological, cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development
during adolescence based on a life-span perspective. Major areas emphasized include: family relationships, the influence of
peers, youth subcultures, the school experience, culture, career and work choice, the college experience, identity formation,
adjustment, moral development, and the development of intimacy and sexuality. The course concludes with a focus on adolescent
problems. Course content is based on theory, empirical research, and key adolescent societal issues.
PREREQUISITES: PSY 132
Critically analyze theory and research in adolescent psychology.
Describe adolescent development including biological, cognitive, social, emotional,
and moral aspects based on a life-span approach.
Characterize how gender and ethnicity can influence
identity development in adolescents
Articulate dilemmas associated with adolescent sexuality, particularly as
they relate to developing emotional and relationship dimensions
Characterize the nature and functions of peer relations,
dating relations, and family processes
Describe the adolescent school and college experience.
Discuss career choice and the school-to-work experience.
Demonstrate an appreciation of individual differences
in adolescent development
Examine various issues of adolescents at-risk such as: dropping out of school,
teen pregnancy, substance abuse, teen violence, depression, suicide and eating disorders.
II. THE SCIENCE OF ADOLSECENT DEVELOPMENT
III. PUBERTY, HEATLH, AND BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
IV. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
IX. THE SELF AND IDENTITY
XII. MORAL DEVELOPMENT, VALUES, AND RELIGION
XIII. ACHIEVEMENT, CAREERS, AND WORK
XIV. ADOLESCENT PROBLEMS
XV. ADOLESCENTS: THE FUTURE OF SOCIETY
PAPER AND DISCUSSION
There will be three (3) exams each worth 100 points. Exams will be from objectives
covered in the text, lectures, and class discussions. Tests will vary in format with multiple-choice questions, true/false
questions and/or short answer essay questions.
homework assignments will be given, one within each of the exam sections of material. Each assignment is worth 15 points.
A total of 45 points may be earned by successfully completing all 3 homework assignments.
will be required to write a thought paper on a topic relative to Adolescence and approved by the instructor. More details
regarding this paper will be discussed in class.
John A. Logan College has an official attendance policy. Please consult your student handbook to familiarize yourself with
this policy. An instructor has the prerogative to drop a student who does not comply with this policy. Attendance is monitored
on a regular basis.
for any reason, you have to miss an exam, you must call in advance. The instructor may change the format for any make-up exams.
make-up hourly exam may be given in the opinion of the instructor an adequate explanation is given prior to
the exam. All allowable make-up work must be completed before a deadline designated by the instructor. If, for any reason,
you cannot take a test, call the colleges at 985-3741 or 549-7335, Extension _8770__ and leave a message. It is the
responsibility of the student to contact the instructor concerning any allowable make-up work.
incomplete grade will be considered by the instructor only if ¾ of the course has been completed and evaluated with at least
a grade of C or better. An incomplete grade must be discussed with the instructor, and is given only at the discretion of
Student Success Center. Tutors may be obtained
through the Student Success Center. Contact the staff in C219 if this service is desired, John A. Logan College will make
reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any student with a disability that may have some impact on work in this class,
who feels she/he needs an accommodation, should make an appointment with the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities
on campus, Christy McBride, Room C219B, Ext. 8516. Before services can be provided, this advisor must determine eligibility
and arrange appropriate academic adjustments. It is the student’s responsibility to register in advance of a school
term with this office and turn in a schedule each term to ensure that there is every opportunity for success in this class.
Financial Aid. Students who receive financial
assistance and completely withdraw from classes prior to 60% of the semester being completed (approximately 2-3 weeks after
midterm) could be responsible to return a portion of their Federal Pell Grant award. Prior to withdrawing from courses, students
should contact the Financial Aid Office.
METHOD OF EVALUATION:
Homework (3 worth 15 points each)
Scale to Determine Grades
= 396 – 440
= 352 - 395
= 308 - 351
= 264 - 307
= Below 264
METHOD OF PRESENTATION:
1. The use of lecture
time and class participation will vary depending on the mastery of course objectives. Lectures may be used for clarifying
textbook material; presenting material beyond the textbook; teaching learning strategies; and for discussing special topics.
2. Handouts may be distributed
throughout the semester.
Adolescence, (9th edition) by
John Santrock, McGraw-Hill, 2003.
INSTRUCTOR: Renea Yates, MA, Term Faculty
Before and After class, also by appointment
549-7335 or 985-3741 ext 8770